Silver Whisper pulls into Sydney

The closing months of the 2015/16 peak cruise season in Australia are set to be incredibly busy for ports around the country as February and March sees one of the largest flotillas of international ships ever to arrive in local waters sail into ports around the country, jostling for space with the existing complement of seasonally based vessels.

Alongside ships from P&O Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises, the new arrivals represent some of the most luxurious brands travelling by sea. The arrivals will range from classic ocean liners to luxury small ships, most of which are mid-way through voyages circling most of the world.

The visiting flotilla includes:

  • Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria (Cunard)
  • Europa (Hapag Lloyd Cruises)
  • Silver Whisper (Silversea Cruises)
  • Crystal Serenity (Crystal Cruises)
  • Seabourn Odyssey (Seabourn)
  • Marina (Oceania Cruises)
  • Aurora (P&O World Cruising)
  • Black Watch (Fred Olsen Cruise Lines)
  • Costa Luminosa (Costa Cruises)
  • Le Soleal (Ponant)
  • Azamara Quest (Azamara Club Cruises)

Of these, the latter two ships are making their first ever visits to Australian waters.

February will be a particularly busy month, with the peak of the season seeing 27 different ships racking up 45 port visits in Sydney alone, over 29 days. March will be only slightly less busy with 17 ships making 33 calls over 31 days.

Cruise Lines International Association Chairman Gavin Smith said the fact luxury ships continue to flock to local waters in such numbers confirm the popularity of Australia as a destination for international cruise passengers.

“The fact that Australia now attracts such a diverse array of ships, including some of the most impressive vessels afloat, confirms our growing popularity as a cruise destination as well as Australians’ love of cruising.”

“Sydney will play host to some of the world’s most exciting ships at both of her dedicated cruise terminals over the coming weeks. From boutique luxury ships to magnificent ocean liners, there will be a constant parade of cruise ships on the harbour,” Smith added.

Take a look at some of the short-term visitors arriving soon to Australia.